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The Dunaways welcome Landon Villines

Written by scoopsnews on August 14, 2018 – 4:36 am -

The Dunaways welcome Landon Villines

Philadelphia, MS   (August 13, 2018) — Landon Villines joins one of gospel music’s much loved family groups, The Dunaways.  Over the past few years, Landon made occasional appearances with The Dunaways at various events.   Some of these have included Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, and the DayStar Network show, “Gospel Music Showcase”.   He has also served as their media and webmaster for the past four years.

Landon said, “I am full of excitement to join this family on the road.  To everything there is a season, and I’m beyond ready to begin this one.”

Landon comes from a heritage rich in both gospel music and ministry.   He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Justin Villines of Compton, AR.  Growing up in a pastor’s home, Landon brings a lifetime of experience with music and ministry to the table.  The Villines family are known as musicians and songwriters including a famous cousin, Merle Haggard.


Group member Randall Dunaway said, “We are so blessed to add this godly young man to our team. He has his heart and purpose for ministry in the right place and we know the Lord is going to use him in great ways.”

Landon joins them on stage along with guitar player Caleb Sanderson.

For bookings and Inquiries please contact: Randall Dunaway 601.416.5823 or Landon Villines 870.416.6093

Product office and Radio contact: Bethany Lemon Hurt 601.504 0169

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Creekside features Gospel music Variety from Hyssongs to Jordan Family Band

Written by Staff on July 24, 2018 – 10:39 am -

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Pigeon  Forge, Tenn. (July 24, 2018) Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2018 will feature a great variety of gospel music artists to satisfy every musical taste. From October 28th through November 1st at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, musical guests will include family groups, classic quartets, bluegrass and country style bands. Plus, this family-friendly function is free.

You will hear chart-topping artists such as the Jordan Family Band, the Hyssongs, Mark209, the Williamsons, the Dunaways, the Pine Ridge Boys and other great artists.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards 2016

Don’t miss the specialty events such as the 2018 Diamond Awards, Dr Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice, the Red Back Hymnal Choir, Midnight Prayer, Daytime Showcases, and so much more. C.T. Townsend will be speaking.

VIP tickets are available as well as special Group Rate accommodation. Log onto the Creekside Facebook page or website for more information, or call 360-933-0741.

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Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Written by Staff on November 12, 2017 – 2:14 pm -

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest Celebration

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At
Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Nashville, TN (November 6, 2017) Pigeon Forge Tennessee has become a destination for Southern Gospel Fans. The Smoky Mountain town hosts several major events throughout the year including the National Quartet Convention, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering and the Fall Harvest Celebration at Dollywood. During the month of October, several Butler Music Group artists appeared at Dollywood as part of their month-long concert series.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationThe Showstreet Palace in Dollywood played host to four Butler Music Group artists. The Williamsons are staples on the largest stages Gospel Music has to offer. They performed many of their hit songs including their Singing News #1 song, “Shout.” Also appearing at Showstreet were the Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, and Jason Davidson. The Old Time Preachers Quartet, fresh off their debut appearance at NQC, received an enthusiastic welcome from 5 standing room only crowds. Heavens Mountain Band is often mentioned alongside groups such as the Issacs and Primitive Quartet. They appeared on multiple days and their theater was also standing room only for each show. The 2018 Harvest Festival marked the first appearance for breakout soloist, Jason Davidson. “In addition to singing and playing with my own quartet, I thoroughly enjoyed playing mandolin with Heaven’s Mountain Band and piano with Jason Davidson. It was a special treat to play along-side my son, Matt who played bass for Jason. My daughter was emcee for this series. What a proud moment,” states BMG owner, Les Butler.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationOne of the many great things that makes the Fall Harvest Celebration so great is being able to see so many groups at one time spread out across the park. The Coffmans and Sacred Harmony were invited to perform this year at Dollywood with the Coffmans appearing at the Back Porch Theater and Sacred Harmony at the Valley Theater. Both groups performed to packed out crowds.

Fans are encouraged to make plans now to attend the 2018 Fall Harvest Celebration to see these incredible Butler Music Groups artists and more. For more information, go to

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationBMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Quartet and Jason Davidson. Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at

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Dunaways Receive Unexpected Blessing

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 29, 2017 – 4:56 pm -

Dunaways Receive Unexpected Blessing

Dunaways Receive Unexpected Blessing

Nashville, TN Family Music Group artist, the Dunaways recently announced an unexpected blessing. Kanah Dunaway Lovern, husband Josh and their two girls Emmy Kate and Ella were on the last two days of a vacation when Kanah began experiencing severe pain and had to be taken to the hospital. When the results came back, the doctors identified the problem as a gallbladder attack but she wouldn’t need surgery.

After the Dr. finished his instructions he said, “Oh, and your test came back positive for pregnancy.” The shock to Kanah and Josh that they nearly fainted. “Josh and I had decided that our family was complete, there would be no more little bundles,” added Kanah. God had other plans. They are expecting their unexpected blessing in February.

The Dunaway’s are thrilled. “God proves to us over and over that we are not in control. He always knows what we need and when we need it. It’s all good, and sometimes it’s great,” added Tammy Dunaway. Kanah will continue to sing at all Dunaways appearances.
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Prayers For The Dunaways

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 12, 2017 – 12:45 pm -

Prayers For The Dunaways

Prayers For The Dunaways

Nashville, TN Butler Music Group is requesting prayers for the Dunaways with the announcement of the passing of Tammy Dunaway’s birthmother, Angela Powell Couch. A viewing will be held this Friday, January 13 at 5pm. The funeral will be on Saturday the 14th at 10am with the graveside service being held at Taylor Chapel Cemetery. Flowers can be sent through Cleda’s Flower shop in Jena, Louisiana. For more information or to send a message of condolence, go to the Dunaways Facebook page or their website at

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Dunaways Request Urgent Prayers

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 1, 2016 – 9:44 am -

 Dunaways Request Urgent Prayers

Dunaways Request Urgent Prayers

Nashville, TN – Family Music Group artist, the Dunways, have requested urgent prayers for their grandson Jaxson Dunaway. He fell from zipline yesterday and was rushed by ambulance to UMC in Jackson, MS with a broken arm and facial injuries. He is having surgery this morning. Please keep the Dunaways and Jaxson in your prayers.

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Dunaways New Video

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 1, 2016 – 3:31 pm -

Dunaways New Video

Dunaways New Video

The Dunaways have released a powerful new video as a companion to their new single, “When My Tears Wash The Scars,” written by Tammy Dunaway. Their new single was released to radio stations across the nation on Family Music Group Radio Compilation 2016 Volume 2 featuring the signature Dunaways sound. “I emailed some of my DJ and industry friends nine potential singles asking them to give their opinion and the consensus was strongly in favor of When My Tears Wash The Scars,” stated Les Butler, President of Family Music Group. Early response from stations has been overwhelmingly positive.The video has been sent to numerous Christian websites and TV outlets. Be watching your favorite Southern Gospel TV shows for the Dunaways new video.

The Dunaways are heading into an exciting summer. In addition to their Silver Dollar City appearance, they will be releasing a special edition “Best Of” album collection as well as new music coming soon. To follow the Dunaways, go to


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The Dunaways

Written by Staff on October 26, 2015 – 9:51 am -


The Dunaways

The Dunaways

The Dunaways are a family trio whose music defies description. It’s Country, Gospel and Bluegrass. It’s a mix of the Isaacs, the Freemans and the Goodmans. The one thing you can know for sure is that the message is the love of Jesus, undiluted. Nominated and winners for a multitude of awards from the Singing News, the Diamond Awards, SoGospelNews and the Southern Gospel Music Guild, this family has been traveling and recording for over two decades. Their music will touch your heart and their message will stay there, both making an indelible imprint on your soul. If you’ve never heard The Dunaways, then chances are you’ve never quite had “Church In The Kitchen.”

Tammy Dunaway is the matriarch of the trio, singing alongside her husband Randall and daughter Kanah. Tammy is also a frequenter of Facebook, but little did she know a random status that she would type would end up being the title song and radio release of their latest project, “Church In The Kitchen.”

Dunaways one“The truth is, since we became a born again Christians, I have always had church in the kitchen, in the car, over the washing machine, cooking, you name it!” exclaims Tammy. “More than once a song on the radio just blessed me until I had to stop what I was doing and praise Him! I may be wrong but I think this is what the Lord meant when He said for us to ‘pray without ceasing’.”

“One morning, I just simply posted a facebook status that said: ‘It Feels Like A Church In The Kitchen Morning.’ Songwriter Lee Black saw it and it just so happened that he had a writing session with Sue C. Smith and our producer Jerry Salley that week.” Tammy continues, “We had already picked all the songs for the project. Kanah and I left for a week in Nashville to work on arrangements with Jerry and go do the tracking sessions. When we got about half way to Nashville the phone rang and it was Jerry. They had written “Church In The Kitchen.”  It was love at first listen!”

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Gospel Music Today For March 16 On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 15, 2015 – 10:14 pm -

Gospel Music Today March 16

Gospel Music Today March 16

Randal Dunaway of The Dunaways is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 16 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Heaven’s Harbor, and Jean reviews new recordings by Greater Vision and The Hoskins Family.  In the news this week are The Hyssongs, The Diplomats and Tony Gore.  There is also a special birthday wish to Tracy Stuffle.  An article from Gospel Music Quarterly is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by Mark 209 and The Skyline Boys, exclusive concert video of Paul’s Journey, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Ascension Quartet at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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Dunaways Release the Classic “Mercy Built a Bridge” to Radio

Written by Staff on March 5, 2015 – 12:06 pm -

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The Dunaways with Ronny Hinson

Legendary Songwriter Ronny Hinson Makes Guest Appearance on the Recording

Nashville, TN, March 3, 2015.  Family Music Group is excited to release the Dunaway’s latest national radio release, “Mercy Built a Bridge”.  The song, penned by Ronny Hinson made Southern Gospel history as number one song for the original Hinsons.Ronny Hinson joined The Dunaways in the studio for the recording and is featured as a vocalist.  He has also made several public appearances with The Dunaways since the recording.  The song still holds a strong rapport with live audiences as it continues to receive standing ovations, and is a favorite among those that attend Dunaway concerts.

Family Music Group’s Les Butler said, “When the Dunaways first mentioned they wanted to record Mercy Built a Bridge I said, yes!  When I mentioned getting Ronny involved the Dunaways said, YES!  The end result is special.  We are excited that Ronny has also agreed to call radio for interviews in support of the song.  We are expecting good things from the Dunaways and Ronny.”

The Dunaways have enjoyed a 23 year music ministry and have released a long list of national radio hits for more than a decade.  Their recent radio single and title cut from their new album, “Church in the Kitchen,” has been nominated for several awards including, “Country Song of The Year,” and the recording as, “Country Album of The Year.”  Kanah Dunaway Lovern has also been nominated as, “Female Vocalist of The Year.”

The Dunaways are available for bookings and can be scheduled by calling Randall Dunaway at (601) 416-5823. Their music is available both in Christian Retail Markets as well as any online music outlet including Amazon and Itunes.

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